Margaret Reist, reporting for the Lincoln Journal Star, did an excellent job of capturing the post-election reaction of students in Lincoln, a Refugee Friendly city. I think it’s safe to say these Lincoln Public Schools teachers and administrators earned their salaries this week.
Lincoln High School principal, Mark Larson:
“When students began to enter the building there was a palpable tension, a palpable anxiety in the air,” he said. “You could feel it. Students were raw yesterday, emotionally. More than any other day that I can remember in my career.”
And it wasn’t just the older high school students who were affected:
At Belmont Elementary, a first-grade student in Laurie Martinez’s English Language Learner class raised her hand.
“How soon am I going to have to go back?” she asked.
Martinez said she was not prepared for first-graders to be worried about the election.
“I was naive,” she said.